Reflection on the first 2 weeks of MSc Library & Information Science

Learning about Data Information Technologies and Applications (DITA) has been very enlightening, to say the least. During these sessions, I was fascinated to learn about us as individuals living in the information world and how we as individual identities adapted to this world of information. It was also interesting to understand how data collection technologies and the internet has been implemented into Library Science. These lectures focused mainly on the evolution of technology and the ever-increasing reliance on the internet and web we face today. What particularly remained with me was how information is represented in the memory of a digital computer and the staggering difference there was in the data accumulated in recent years compared to the history of humanity.

Recently, research group IDC predicted that the world will be creating 163 zettabytes of data a year by 2025. This is huge compared to the human being’s functional memory which is estimated to be 1.25 terabytes (Kurzweil, 2006). Putting things into perspective, 1 zettabyte is equal to a billion terabytes. By reading Raymond Kurzweil’s book, “The Singularity Is Near” I learnt that the possibilities that can arise from our knowledge and skills combined with the greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of technology is endless. I really do think that libraries adapting to accommodate new applications of technology, such as storage and analysis of large datasets, will be crucial to our learning.

It is clear that nowadays there is also a growing amount of valuable information available to us, however, there is also a risk is that digital technologies can easily influence us and alter our self- identities (Floridi, 2016). The ethical concerns this raises is hugely relevant to Library Science. I believe that as we are social beings, an essential part of our development involves feedback from the social world. Since Librarians are now more active on Social Media such as Twitter and Instagram it is crucial that they develop skills in organizing and arranging information by filtering and demonstrating the value of content in a way that bests reflects our needs.

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